Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Post #127

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~No New Books~

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - Hyde by Lauren Stewart (4 stars)

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:
ARC Thursday Review: Lovestruck by Siobhan Davis (3.5 stars)

FRIDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge: May Wrap Up
ARC Thursday Review - Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

The biggest news from our week is that SCHOOL IS OVER!!! Now we can breathe and relax until band camps start (June 4th) for my now 8th grade son! So I now have an 8th grader and a 6th grader!!! My babies are growing up so fast. 

In the way of challenges, I'm making good progress in the May Clean Sweep ARC challenge and really need to step it up in the Series Ender Reading Challenge that I co-host. 

In other fun book news, I have "passed on the torch", of one of my all time favorite series that reignited my love of reading "way back", to my daughter. She began reading Twilight on a road trip to a baby shower over the weekend. I took this cute photo of her as a perfect Kodak memory moment.

Enjoy your week friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Feature & Follow #60

Feature & Follow is a weekly post hosted by Parakunkee and Alison Can Read.

"The goal is to increase followers and make new friends."

The Rules:
Follow the 2 hosts.
Follow the 2 features (new each week).
Hop around and follow others that are participating, leaving a comment to let them know.
Answer this week's question in your own blog post.

This week's question:
How do you write your reviews?

I don't have any set complicated method to writing my reviews. I write them pretty much immediately after I've finished reading the book because I am likely to forget details and my initial thoughts, reactions and feelings if I wait more than a day. I go with my gut instinct when it comes to my final rating. I try to be honest about what I did and didn't like. So yeah, that pretty much sums up how I write my reviews.

What about you? Do you have a method? I'm curious to see the various ways others interpreted this question. Don't forget to follow and let me know how you did so I can return the favor. I prefer GFC, Facebook, Email and Bloglovin' follows. All of those can be found on the right hand side bar.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

*ARC* Lovestruck - Review

Lovestruck (True Calling #1.5)

By: Siobhan Davis

Published: March 20, 2015

40 pages

Source: eBook ARC from author

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Everything changed the moment he found her…

Cal Remus is in love.

But the object of his affection barely acknowledges his existence. Worse: She acts like he’s the dirt sticking to the bottom of her shoe. Weaker men might give up. But not Cal. Hell no, he loves a good challenge and Ariana Skyee has made this the most intriguing challenge of all.

Having read his father’s confidential military files, Cal should be concerned about the seemingly fragile new world order on Planet Novo and the events back on Earth. But he’s distracted.

Securing Arianas love is his number one priority.

He’s going to win her heart, or die trying.

***
Special note from the author:

This short story is narrated solely from Cal Remus’ point of view, and it depicts the events leading up to the introduction of ‘The Calling.’ That is; the events that pre-date True Calling, Book 1 in the series. This can be read as a stand-alone story. However, if you are planning on reading the True Calling series, I recommend that you read the titles in the following sequence:

True Calling – Book 1
Lovestruck – Short Story
Beyond Reach – Book 2
Light of a Thousand Stars – Novella
Destiny Rising – Book 3.
 
MY REVIEW:
Some novellas I really enjoy, but for the most part, I'm not a fan of them. I generally feel that they shouldn't cost anything given the short nature of them. Occasionally though, there are the rare ones that do add more depth to the story. That's how I felt after reading Light of a Thousand Stars, True Calling #2.5. I felt like the backstory love affair between Ari and Zane was a crucial part to understanding the pain Zane feels towards Ari's indifference and skepticism of him in book one.

This book, Lovestruck, is not a novella. It is considered a short story and it's told from the POV of Cal. I often thought Cal seemed awfully stalkerish in True Calling, and this short story cemented my feelings of that even further. Since I'm not really a fan of Ari and Cal together....I couldn't rate this higher than I did. It was okay. No major dislikes about the book itself. But I didn't feel like I gained anything significant after reading it. No major insights to who Cal is other than his infatuation with Ariana from the moment he first saw her and the fact that he actually has a deepness to him that we don't get to see much of.

Favorite Quotes:
...the main commitment I've stuck resolutely to, is to always be the person I am, and to not compromise on that for anyone, ever.

I choose to call it ... meaningful; this quest of mine - the search for dependability, unwavering love, complete trust, and commitment.

Winning Ariana's trust is not going to be straightforward, or for the faint-of-heart. But I've never wanted anything, or anyone, as much as I want her. So I make a solemn vow to myself: I won't give up, no matter what it takes - not until I have won her heart, or died trying.

Language Rating: 1 (light)
Mature Content Rating: 0 (none)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Crystal Kingdom


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3) by Amanda Hocking
Expected Publication: August 4, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Bryn must decide: follow her head or her heart.

Thrown into a world of suspense and intrigue, Bryn has to fight to clear her name. But she's not alone. With help from the Trylle - including Finn Holmes - she's on a quest to discover the truth.

With her life and her world on the line, will Bryn be able to risk it all?
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #94: Ice Kisssed


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Ice Kissed (The Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking:
Teasers: "Perhaps I don't want to fraternize," I countered.
"Are you asking me to procreate then?" Kennet asked with a wag of the eyebrow.
(Loc 48%, Loc 1734 of 3580)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hyde - Review

Hyde #1

By: Lauren Stewart

Published: July 8, 2012 by Off The Hook Publishing

377 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon FREEBIE, at time of posting)

Summary:
This novel is intended for adults only. HYDE was inspired by Stevenson's novella but is not a retelling, in part because he and this author have very different definitions of 'bad boy'.

Honesty is impossible when you don't know the truth to begin with.

Mitchell Turner is everything women want most in a man--he's charismatic, successful, and undeniably gorgeous. But he's not a man--he's a monster. By venting his rage 24/7, Mitch keeps people out of the danger zone that surrounds him. But, after the most incredible night of his life, he realizes that might not be possible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn't remember any of it. And that kind of thing can make a guy insecure.

Eden Colfax is kind, loyal, honest to a fault, and cavity-inducing sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn't lie, doesn't curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers' beds...until the day she does. Then the flashbacks start--places she's never been, people she's never met, blood she's never spilled. And the only person with any answers is a man she never wants to see again.

What they don't know is that someone is manipulating them, determined to find out exactly what they're capable of. And when the truth leaves them nothing to hold onto, they will be forced into a partnership neither expected. Or wanted.

But in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can't even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on earth you should be falling for.
MY REVIEW:
I contemplated not writing a review for this book on my blog, primarily because this is listed as an adult novel and my blog focuses around the Young Adult and New Adult fiction. But really, I felt it could go either way from a New Adult to Adult. The main male character is 31 and typically that's far outside of the age range for NA genre characters. But the main female character is only 23. So yeah, I decided to just go ahead and write a post for it.

The cover first and foremost drew me in. Gorgeous contrasts between light and dark colors, isn't it? It's perfect symbolism for the light and dark sides of our characters. Second to that would be the intriguing take on the original tale of Jekyll and Hyde.

The book opens with our female lead, Eden, waking up in a strange man's bed, completely clear on the activity that must've taken place given her state of dress (or undress as she finds herself), and completely blank on who he is and how she got there or what happened while she was with him....since she fell asleep in her own bed at her apartment ALONE. This sets the stage very well for the confusion this poor girl feels. A series of several nights, she finds herself waking up on this same man's doorstep. Colliding in to one another is a good and accurate description. With the help of her best friend, and roommate, Carter, and eventually the help of this strange but gorgeous and wealthy man, Mitchell, the story begins to unfold around a whole lot of lies and secrets and mysteries.

I loved how the mystery lasts the entire book. I loved the moral compass of Eden. I loved the connection between Mitchell and Eden. And ooh, I despised some characters as well. Be warned, it does end in a cliffhanger. For a freebie, this was a very good read.

Favorite Quotes:
"If I don't figure this out, I'm just going to end up like a newspaper - on your welcome mat every morning...Grandpa."

"If I'm not honest, then how can I expect other people to be honest with me?"

Dang it, of all the men in the world, why was she only attracted to this one? He was her Kryptonite - weakening her knees, destroying her strength.

Oasis. He was her oasis. After a very long walk through hell.

It wasn't her outward beauty that drew him in. It was her strength, her fire, her desire to do what was right even when it wasn't easy, her ability to make him see himself as a worthy human being.

Language Rating: 2-3 (medium - heavy)
Mature Content: 2-3 (medium - heavy)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Post #126

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~FOR REVIEW~
Daughter of Dusk (Midnight Thief #2) by Livia Blackburne
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

Chasing River (Burying Water #3) by K.A. Tucker
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking (3 stars)
Blog Tour: Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:
ARC Thursday Review - Light of a Thousand Stars (True Calling #2.5) by Siobhan Davis (4 stars)

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Hyde by Lauren Stewart
ARC Thursday Review - Lovestruck (True Calling #1.5) by Siobhan Davis

So I volunteered to put together a slide show for my daughter's 5th grade "graduating" elementary class, of which there are 83 kids. What I thought would be an easy project has turned into a nightmare of epic proportions!! All week I have worked to put this thing together using Powerpoint, and my sweet husband has helped on the technical side to synchronize the audio I wanted to the slides I wanted them on. All was going well....until we tried to convert the slide show into a video. If my husband, whose degree is in Computer Science and who has worked in various IT fields for the last 16 years, can't figure out the issue of trying to burn this slide show as a video and maintain both image quality AND audio placements....then I don't know who can. Lesson learned to self - never again volunteer to put together a slide show.

So my week has been a hair pulling, frustrating week. Here I sit on Saturday evening STILL trying to burn 100 discs, with my deadline looming ever closer (Tuesday the 19th). Have I already told you how ready I am for this school year to be OVER?!? This last week could not come soon enough...

On the positive side, I did read 2 ARC's, granted they were short, and have made it through 50% of another longer one this week. So that's 3 goals off of the May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge!

Hoping your week has been far less stressful than mine! 

Thanks for stopping by!
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